Game Preview: Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (7-4-7, 28 pts.) are set to host the Philadelphia Union (10-3-5, 35 pts.) on Monday night at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on NBC Sports Boston, with Brad Feldman, Charlie Davies, and Naoko Funayama calling the action. The contest will also air on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Portuguese commentary available on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
New England begins the final five-game stretch of the regular season following consecutive road victories against New York City FC and Montreal. Monday's match is the fourth of five meetings across all competitions between the two sides this season, including the MLS is Back Tournament Round of 16. The Revolution hold a 3-5-4 home record in the all-time series against Philadelphia, which includes a 0-0 draw in the most recent home encounter on Aug. 20. Midfielder Diego Fagundez leads the current Revs roster with four career goals against the Union.
New England's attack has both outshot its opponents and held the possession advantage in six of the last seven games. The Revolution logged season highs in shots (22) and shots on target (9) in last Wednesday's 3-2 win at Montreal behind goals from Adam Buksa, Teal Bunbury, and Kekuta Manneh. Bunbury, who has scored in back-to-back matches, leads the team in goals (6) this season. On the other end, New England's defense will aim to register its fourth clean sheet at Gillette Stadium and its seventh of the 2020 campaign. The Revolution's 16 goals conceded are tied for second fewest in MLS, with only two goals allowed in the last four games at Gillette Stadium.
Monday's match also marks the Revolution's annual Pride Night at Gillette Stadium, presented by Santander Bank. In partnership with the New England Revolution, PFLAG, and BAGLY, Santander Bank has launched its #RedefiningFamily campaign with the shared belief that all LGBTQ+ youth deserve respect and support from family, no matter how that family is composed. For every Revolution assist recorded from the return to play in July through the end of the 2020 season, Santander Bank will donate $1,000 each to PFLAG and BAGLY, up to $20,000. These funds will be used to help provide LGBTQ youth with resources such as free one-on-one counseling and housing resources to help support their growth. To learn more how you can support these organizations, click here for PFLAG and here for BAGLY.
Match #19: New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst), Naoko Funayama (reporter)
English Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Radio Pregame/Postgame Show: Rob "Hardy" Poole and Clyde Simms
Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA
What to Watch for: Here are some top storylines ahead of Monday's match against the Philadelphia Union. Click here to view the club's complete game notes.
The club's back line remaining tied for the second-fewest goals conceded in MLS (16).
The Revolution as a team continuing to lead MLS in corners taken (121), rank second in chances created (209), and third in shots (269).
F Teal Bunbury scoring in a third straight game for the third time in his career. Bunbury has scored in four consecutive games twice (2018 and 2019). His next goal will tie him with Joe-Max Moore (41) for fifth on New England's all-time scoring list.
M Diego Fagundez (258) moving closer to Shalrie Joseph's Revolution record of 261 MLS regular season appearances.
D Henry Kessler continuing his campaign for MLS Rookie of the Year, having appeared in all but one game - and all six shutouts - for the league's second-stingiest defense.
D Brandon Bye continuing to appear in every MLS game this season and rank among the league's top five in duels won (fourth) and aerial duels won (second).
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